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“Long Live the Farmer: Diversity & Biodiversity” is theme for the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) conference. From January 20-22, this year’s event features a “conference within a conference”: the first Northeast Organic Seed Conference: Owning Our Own Seed.
Pennsylvania will host organic farmers from throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast to learn from internationally renowned organic and sustainable agriculture experts at the third annual Growing Pennsylvania’s Organic Farms Conference December 13 and 14 in Harrisburg.
Plan to attend one of the pre-conference workshops, held on January 30th, the day before the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention begins.
A new Sustainable Agriculture Educator, Megan Chawner, joined Penn State Extension in Lehigh and Northampton counties the beginning of December.
You may be receiving an email or a letter from Penn State in the coming weeks. You need to take action in order to continue receiving updates and alerts from Extension.
The Penn State Extension Young Grower Alliance is hosting a hands-on grafting workshop on January 30th, the Monday preceding the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention.
There are a lot of good reasons for using covers crops on vegetable farms including recycling or adding nitrogen to the soil.
Portable equipment can help producers, including small-scale and local farmers, get products to market quickly.
The Penn State Extension Tree Fruit team has created new videos for fruit growers. These ten minute ‘Learn Now’ videos are short, to-the-point guides explaining topics that are fundamental to commercial orchard intensification and efficiency.
The fall season brings excitement, fatigue, and stress as farmers are trying to maximize their harvest with uncooperative weather, limited workers, and shorter days. With the urgency felt by farm families during this season, here are some safety reminders.
With more farmers thinking about how to transition their operations to the next generation-including those who own farms preserved in perpetuity for agricultural production-the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is making new funding available to ensure those operations have an up-to-date succession plan.
Good shepherds should be focused on good management practices, high performance sheep and meeting the needs of customers.
View this new 4-part video series to help you understand how your farm or food business may be affected under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
During the last four weeks we have observed a very sharp increase in the number of brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) adults collected in various monitoring traps placed around orchards located in southern Pennsylvania. After relatively lower levels of infestation on fruit observed during the last two seasons, this 2016 harvest seems to bring back a serious BMSB challenge.
The purpose of safety data sheets (SDS) is to provide detailed information about all chemicals and pesticides including the chemical properties, various hazards (e.g., physical, health, environmental, etc.), protective measures, and safety precautions (e.g., handling, storing, and transporting).
This new resource for organic producers features case studies of successful organic enterprises along with details on organic farming practices.
A group of Penn State Extension educators are working closely with specialty crop producers across the state on a “Models for the Future” demonstration plot project. Plots are designed to showcase best management practices for producers in the establishing years of developing their farm enterprises.
Starting up a new vegetable farm requires a lot of planning.
Employers must often keep up with a variety of required government posters at their orchards, farms, or other places of business which can be daunting at times. Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Labor changed two posters that employers are required to post in the workplace.
New Morning Farm is a certified organic diversified vegetable farm on 95 acres of land in Hustontown in southern Huntingdon County. Of the 95 acres, 30-45 are in vegetable production. Jim Crawford has been farming here for 40 years and farmed in another location for the five years before that. His farming career sprung out of being a serious gardener. We had the opportunity to spend a morning with Jim and senior apprentice Jennifer Glenister.